First livery sample shown of Rails' 'Kerosene Castle'

26 October 2020
Rails of Sheffield shares its first livery sample for its forthcoming OO gauge 18000 gas turbine in BR late-green livery.

Images have been shown of Rails of Sheffield's exclusive 18000 project in BR late-green livery (1802). Tooled and under development for the retailer by Heljan, two further liveries of the locomotive are also under development – BR green with early crest (1800) and BR gloss black with silver trim (1801).Rails of Sheffield 18000 gas turbine

Commenting on the receipt of the sample, Rails of Sheffield said, "As you will find with every pre-production sample, the purpose of EP and livery samples are to flush out any errors or issues with the model before it goes into full production. Several minor points have been identified so far and necessary changes will be implemented."Rails of Sheffield 18000 gas turbine

Nicknamed ‘Kerosene Castle’ because of its thirst for fuel, the model of the gas turbine prototype for British Railways carries BR green with an orange/black waistband lining and BR late-crest, suitable for its 1957-1960 condition.

Production of the model is well underway, though Covid has impacted on its delivery date, with models now expected early next year.

Model Specification

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  • 21-pin DCC socket with easy access
  • Space to easily install a speaker for DCC sound
  • Directional LED Lighting, Cab lighting and engine room lighting
  • Heavy die-cast metal chassis with central motor and flywheels giving powerful performance
  • Separately fitted wire handrails and sandpipes
  • Spoked wheels
  • Etched grilles
  • Sprung buffers
  • Flush glazing
  • An optional Western Region style train reporting number frame and numerals will also be included in the package, allowing modellers to add this distinctive WR feature to the front of the locomotive.

Rails of Sheffield 18000 gas turbine

Rails of Sheffield 18000 gas turbine

Model lights can be manually configured for DC users via miniature switches to the underside.

For updates on the project, including pricing and availability, visit the Rails of Sheffield website.



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